Who else needs a pick me up?

Hi Friends,

First and foremost thank you to all of you who left me comments, love and support here on my blog and all my social media sites (I’ve yet to get to all the posts and comments it’s been so overwhelming heartwarming thank you from the bottom of my heart!!)  Losing Pebbles has been a hard thing to swallow and it’s definitely going to take me some time to fully heal from this.

That being said I feel like it’s time for a bit of a pick me up – Yes?  During times like this I really try to focus on the good, the positive and upbeat.  Don’t get me wrong it’s hard – I never said it was easy – not one bit.  But surrounding myself with the positive helps take the edge off.

So right now is a PERFECT time to get working on your 30 days of Empowerment cards.  I have completed days 1-6, and I wanted to share those with you.  Info on the Empowerment cards Here .

My goal for these was to infuse 5-15 minutes of Positive Creativity into my daily life.  So lets make these simple – doable – fun – uplifting.

I have been inspired by the flowers that are still around me even though fall is coming fast, there is still a lot of beautiful color out there.

What I did first was create a fun, very quick and easy background to create my cards on. And I created this short video to share with all of you on how I did it:

Next I took my steel ruler to use as a straight edge and ripped my color blocks into cards. I did not measure these (they are not all the same size or shape) and I’m okay with that.  Sometimes not being so buttoned up and squared off is nice.

As you can see from my video, I’m still very much into my watercolor obsession lol

The next thing I did was come up with a positive affirmation or a quote that I looked up on Pinterest to coincide with my prompt for the day.

So here are days 1-6 prompts that I used for my cards

  1. Passionate

  2. Strength

  3. Worthy

  4. Purposeful

  5. Brilliance

  6. Peaceful

Here are my 6 completed cards drawing some inspiration from flowers and their beautiful colors.

Need some ideas to get started?

  1.  Do a bunch of backgrounds using a brayer and only a couple colors of paint
  2. Use an old store card to scrap paint onto a large sheet of paper – rip your paper into cards the size you like to work on
  3. Use 2 or 3 bold colors of paint to create some intense backgrounds – dry or set aside to dry then apply a light layer of white with a brayer to mute them down so you can write or draw on them
  4. Use and old magazine and add a layer of white gesso – let it dry then add some spritz of color with your spray inks – no spray inks water down some arylic paint and splatter it on with an old tooth brush or your paint brush.
  5. Use an old piece of cardboard to create a textured background on some paper – paint it on the cardboard with a foam brush and then press the cardboard onto your paper in a random pattern using a couple of colors for more added fun and pizzazz.

Don’t forget to share your creations in our Facebook group, as well as on social media using hash tag #empowerment-cards.

Hope you all have a positive and uplifting day!!

xoxo – Sherry

How I used my art journal for healing

Hi Friends,

How are you?  Long time no chat, I’ve missed you all terribly – I wish I could have brought you all along with me to view the amazing sites we saw on our trip.  I have taken many photos and I will share a couple at the end but first I want to get into what I’m sharing with you today.

I have a Vlog that I did and on it I am sharing some of our trip, as well as a journal flip through and a very meaningful art journal page.  Below you can see a photo of this art journal page and in my Vlog I will share with you my very emotional story behind this page and how creating this page helped me to heal.

 

Thank you so very much dear friends for letting me share this Vlog and my heart with all  of you today.  I also have some exciting news that I can’t share yet about an online collaborative class that I will be teaching it the details will be announced in October but I can tell you that if you like the idea of using your art journal to express your Art and your Heart you are going to love this new class I’m teaching in to keep your eyes peeled for sneak peeks here and on social media along the way!!❤️

Here are some of the links that I mentioned in my blog that I wanted to share with all of you:

The Validation Breakthrough by Naomi Feil

My latest project and video tutorial for the Roben-Marie Smith Design Team

Click here to watch the video

If you missed my little video on Instagram using this months StencilGirl Club stencils you can check that out below and here is a link to StencilGirl Club

Love handmade tags but no time to make them? How about a last minute tag for the bottle of wine you are bringing to a dinner party?  My Mermaid tags are just what you need.  They can be printed whenever you need them or ahead of time to have on hand, add some pretty ribbon or twine, or maybe a charm and they are ready to go.

Be sure you get them before they are gone, there are only a few left, and once they are gone they’re gone.  You have them for life to download them as many times as you want, so you will always have that special tag whenever you need it.

The other day I printed them out on some sticker paper that I had that is meant to be used for the Cricut (it’s a die cutting machine for those who might not know).  I just wanted to see what would happen if I printed them on this clear sticker paper and wow the result was amazing.  I stuck them to some mixed media paper, cut them out in a rectangle, used my corner rounder on all the corners.  Punched holes and added some natural hemp cord and some charms and pearls.  Wow the result was just gorgeous!!  Below I just wanted to show you a quick video of them.  Here is the link if you want to purchase:  Mermaids

I’m happy to be back here with all of you and I’m thankful to each and everyone of you in my life.  Have an amazing evening friends !!

xoxo – Sherry

Mermaids, Update and Design Team

Hello Dear Friends,

I know I’ve been away for a few days.  As I mentioned in one of my Vlogs we are have planned a little time away the hubby and I and it’s much needed.  So this week we have been working a ton to get things wrapped up to be able to enjoy our get away.  I was hoping to have time to do a little Vlog but as time just has been speeding away from me I couldn’t get it done.

So I wanted to just catch you all up to speed on whats going on and things to look for in the next couple weeks.

First and foremost we have our last week for the Empowered Creative Woman Workshop this week.  The workshop will stay open for 2 additional weeks for those who have signed up to have a chance to complete the workshop.  So it will stay open through August 24, 2017.  If you want to check it out you can see the post about it on my welcome/ home page that will take you to the blog post with all the details.

So if you follow me on Instagram, then you saw that I was dying Mermaid Ribbon, just love that teal – blue – green color it’s sooo deep and luscious!  We I decided to dye a few other colors as well and you can see my final product below all wound on tags and ready for use!


So what was all that Mermaid ribbon for???

Well I had a custom order for some Mermaid Tags and here you can see them all completed with their ribbons ready to go to their new home.

Here are few close ups

They were so popular that I decided to make them a digital download in my Etsy Shop.  There is a limited quantity of them so if you want them, you better grab them quick before they are gone.  You can purchase them Here

Today is my turn up on the Roben-Marie Smith Blog for a Design Team tutorial that you should definitely check out here is the link and a sneak peek below of the inspiration journal we will be creating in the tutorial.

Hope all of you have an amazing weekend and week, I will be taking a much needed break next week.  You can find some pics probably on Instagram of our little get away but for the most part I will be offline.

One of my fabulous followers and friends on here asked for a pic of me with my husband so here are a couple pics of us and who I will be sharing my downtime with this next week.  The first pic is of us earlier this year at Belhurst Castle in the Fingerlakes, we stayed there for a little get away this spring it’s pretty close to us about 45 min to an hour away.  The second pic was this summer at a near by winery and bistro they have a beautiful out door sitting area and it’s a beautiful place to have lunch in the summer.

Talk to you all soon !!

xxoo- Sherry

Iced Mochas, Pugs & Art Journaling

Good Morning beautiful souls,

What a gorgeous morning we have today!  Lots of sunshine even though the air is a bit crisp for me.  I’m a summer girl and I love it HOT!  Yup the kinda hot that makes you feel like you can’t breath (lol).  I never said I wasn’t crazy haha!

I hope all of you had a nice weekend.  I allowed myself some much needed down time and spent some time outside in the sun with my husband and our 3 pugs.  Things have been moving just way too fast for me lately that I felt I really needed a pause.  It seems like in the creative world it goes in waves during those busy times I can easily spend entire days and evenings in my art studio without even realizing it.  This can be the downside of working at home.  So I try to stay present and in the moment and remember to take a break and to enjoy life and all the things around me.  So this weekend that’s just what I did.

We enjoy having our morning coffee on our back deck and I have to say that the pugs love it too.  As you can see here they are spoiled with blankets and beds and are quite comfortable as you can see 🙂

I mentioned last week how much I love to go to our local Farmer’s Market.  And one of my great loves is cooking.  As much as cooking is work it clears my mind, relaxes me and just makes me feel good!  I especially love to make things from scratch and this weekend after purchasing some juicy peaches from the Market, I made this peach pie from scratch.

While making this pie it brought back a bittersweet memory of past years when I would bake peach pies with peaches I bought from the Market.  I would always bake 2, one for us and one for my parents.  I would stop over unannounced to my mom and dad’s house and bring the fresh pie and sometimes a small thing of vanilla ice-cream.  Every time my dad would say “a peach pie, I haven’t had one of those in years”, so happy to have the fresh baked pie (my mom had dementia and wasn’t cooking anymore at this point).  Even though I had just made one for them the year before lol, I think it was his way of keeping me coming back each year with one :).  It’s been just a little over a year since I lost my dad and those memories creep up quite often into my mind, and I know he’s smiling down wishing he had could have a piece of that peach pie.

What Seems to us as bitter trials are often Blessings in disguise – Oscar Wilde

Because I do love to cook I tend to come up with my own little recipes for special things that I make for my husband and myself.  One of my favorites is my homemade Iced Mochas.  Being a huge coffee lover I came up with my version to make at home.  I will share my simple recipe with you as you might love coffee as much as I do and therefore would need this recipe. 🙂

This recipe makes a serving for 2 or 2 -16 ounce drinks (so could be for 4 if you split into 8 ounce cups each)

  •  2 Starbucks Via Instant coffee packets in the dark Italian roast (you can use another brand or different roast – this is what I drink at home so I have it on hand
  • 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened dark cocoa powder -I get mine from the Farmers Market
  • 5 teaspoons German Rock Sugar – I get mine at Teavana you can use what you have on hand
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Then you want to boil some water in a pot or tea kettle – I usually add about 1-1/2 cups of boiling water to the above ingredients.  Stir and be sure that the sugar is all dissolved before moving on to the next step.

I use 2 glasses that hold 16 ounces of liquid each and to them I add ice and about 1/2 cup liquid non dairy creamer (I use Cremora) you could use milk or almond or rice milk.

Now add half of your hot mix to each of the cups – stir and enjoy!

These are delicious treat on a warm summer day and I have to say that my husband loves them!! 🙂

Saturday evening it started to rain and was a bit cool outside so I settled in my studio with my art journal and my music playing to do a little creating.  As the music played a song came on that caused me to stop what I was doing and just listen.  Not because it was a new song or something I didn’t know but because it had been a song that I have listened to many times this year and thought on so many occasions that this is my Mantra this year.  The song is called Catch My Breath by Kelly Clarkson and I will share a link to the song here.  The words just speak to me on so many levels and so when I finished working on the girl in my art journal I decided to add some of the lyrics to my page from this song.

The song talks about her finally loving herself for who she is (addicted to the love I found).  She goes on to talk about how she won’t live her life how others expect her to but that she will do things her own way …. there is probably more meaning to it than that but that’s my condensed version.  It is just such a powerful and empowering song to me!

which brings me to remind all of you that we still have the Empowered Creative Woman free online class going on.  My 2 classes have already been posted and you can find them starting here on my blog.

Leslie Ackman’s class for last week has already posted and you can find that here.  This is also where you will find this weeks class that will be posted on Thursday 8/10/17.

Before I go I have something that I came across awhile back and wanted to share with all of you.  This video speaks for itself, it’s only like 2 minutes long so I ask all of you to just watch it.  If you are a creative like me it will speak to you I promise it’s worth the watch!!

 

Thanks so much friends for sharing your time with me this week, may you have a fabulous week full of peace and happiness!! xxoo – Sherry

Vlog & New YouTube Series

Hi Friends I thought I would take a few minutes from all the hustle and bustle to have my morning coffee with all of you and share what I have going on. 😊

 

I’m so excited to share my new YouTube series with all of you “Art Journal with Me” .  In this series I will be taking you into my creative space to share a time lapse video with no edits (well I did take out when I used my heat gun to dry in between because honestly – who wants to watch that right?!).  I am excited to share my creative process with all of you!!  This is not a video tutorial with voice over – just me sharing my process with all of you fabulous friends!!  Here is the first episode in this series I do hope you enjoy it!!

Thank you friends for sharing your time with me today.  Hope you have the most wonderful Tuesday!!

xxoo – Sherry

The Empowered Creative Woman Week 1

Welcome to week one of the Empowered Creative Woman Workshop

Hello!! I’m Sherry Canino and I will be your Artist Guide for this weeks class.  I’d like to start off by saying thank you to each and everyone of you for being here and sharing your time with me.  I for one know that there are tons of online classes and workshops out there, and having all of you beautiful souls participate in mine is a pure blessing!  So THANK YOU!!❤️

I have an introduction video below that is labeled Video 1 – this is where you should start as it lays the foundation for what we are doing in the creative videos that follow.

As you embark on this creative journey with Leslie and I please remember that there is no right or wrong way for you to create your journal pages or art.  There is no better than someone else or not as good as someone else, there is simply a FABULOUS group of ladies all on different paths and at different stages of our journey.  Please if you haven’t joined the Facebook group do so here is the link, here you can feel comfortable and safe to share your photos and connect with myself and others during this workshop.

Here is a list of this week prompts:

  • Empowerment

  • Individuality 

  • Fierce

  • Strength

  • Serene

  • Peaceful

  • Safe

  • Tranquil 

  • Spirit

The prompts are only to give you some guided inspiration in your journey and for your creative process.  Feel free to incorporate one, several, all or none into your art.  The choice is yours again there is no right or wrong – only what feels right and good to you.

Video 1 – Introduction

You do not have to immediately jump into the creative videos if you don’t want.  You can take some time prepare your space, get in a comfortable setting, pull out your supplies and do the creative videos as time allows and as you feel drawn to do so.  Remember this is not a race this is a workshop to be done at your own pace when it feels good to you.❤️

Here are your creative videos for this week I hope you enjoy them!!❤️❤️

Creative Video #1

Creative Video #2

 

Creative Video #3

 

Here are My Final pages – the next day I went back in and added some leaves to the flower in here hair – this to me added what I was looking for to kind of ground it to my page.  I also added little bit here and there with a script stamp that I have by Pam Carriker using a brown Archival Ink stamp pad.  I also wrote some positive affirmations in her hair that I need for myself on this creative journey.

Here is a list of items I used in my art journal this week:

Jane Davenport Watercolors, charcoal pencil, dip pen and ink, ephemera, water color crayons, matte acrylic paints, script stamp, white gesso

Again thank you so much for sharing your time with me and all of us this week.  I will see you all over in the Facebook group.  If you want to share your projects online feel free to do so tag me if you’d like, and be sure to use the hash tag #theempoweredcreativewoman

Be Fierce and Empowered my dear friends!!

Sherry xxoo

 

 

Mermaid Madness StencilGirl Blog Hop

Hi Friends and welcome!  What better way to get summer flowing than with a Mermaid Blog Hop with StencilGirl Products and StencilGirl’s Creative team!  There is also an amazing giveaway so be sure to read to the bottom of the post for all the details

Today I have a video tutorial for you showing how I used this beautiful stencil 

Mermaidia By June Pfaff Daley

To me Mermaids are magical, mystical, strong beings.  They seem almost light as air, yet with a beauty that just commands respect.  For my art journal page I came up with a quote that I would like to share with you.

Being a Mermaid means being Brave enough to swim into the unknown                  – Sherry Canino

without further ado my friends ……today’s video:

Hope that you enjoyed today’s tutorial be sure to leave me a comment here for a chance to win some amazing mermaid stencils.  And Don’t forget to visit the blogs of my fabulous teammates listed below for more mermaid inspiration and leave them a comment for more chances to win, as well as the StencilGirl Blog for more inspiration and another chance to win.  Entry into the contest ends Noon CST 7-16-17.  Be sure to include your email address written like this ( caninosartisticcafe (at) gmail dot com)

Winners notified by email on July 17th. Good luck!

More mermaid projects from Gwen Lafleur, Karen Gaunt, Tina Walker, and Louise Nelson can be found here .
Not enough mermaid inspiration for you yet?  Check out the projects by the Designers themselves here
I also have this beautiful Mermaid Painting available for sale in my shop for some Beautiful Brave Mermaid out there that feels drawn to have it hanging on their wall for some mermaid inspiration.  Check out all the details in my shop here.

 

Remember friends Be a Mermaid
xxoo- Sherry